10 Events in South Orange Commemorate September 11

10 Events in South Orange Commemorate September 11
10 Events in South Orange Commemorate September 11

The South Orange Public Library and South Orange Village, in partnership with SOPAC and Seton Hall University are working together to create 10 special events throughout the Village in order to commemorate, 10 years later, the events and effects of September 11, 2001.  There will be opportunities for reflection and discussion, individual thoughts and the solace of community, for memories and moving forward together.

Ten events – South Orange Community Commemoration of September 11

Thursday September 8

Sign Up for E-News

10:00 am at the South Orange Public Library – Performance of classic American songs by Good Tymes String Band

7:30 pm at the South Orange Public Library – Poetry Jam around the theme of  tolerance, for teens and adults

Sunday September 11

8:30 am at Christopher Faughnan Memorial at New Waterlands Field  - Commemoration& prayer-

In Memoriam

9:58am at South Orange Fire Department Ceremony at the SO firehouse

Noon-6:00 pm at SOPAC – Commemoration in film

1:00 pm - National Moment of Remembrance will be observed throughout the Village


At the South Orange Public Library:

2:00 pm  - Children’s Story time celebrating everyday heroes 

2:30 pm– Solos performed by members of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County

3:30 pm– New Jersey Assemblywoman Mila Jasey speaking on Communities

Candlelight Vigil at SOPAC circle

6:15 pm Musical Interlude with special guests

7:00 pm  Program with Village President and trustees, clergy, guest speakers, music

Wednesday September 14

1:00 pm at the South Orange Public Library -   Screening of 9/12: From Chaos to  Community, a documentary focusing on a group of New York City volunteers, and the recovery workers they cared for

Thursday September 15

1:00 pm at the South Orange Public Library –  9/11:  U.S.. and Osama bin Laden, Before and After, lecture and discussion given by Eugene Lieber

Tuesday September 20

7:00 pm at South Orange Public Library – Screening of Not in Our Town: Light in  the Darkness, a documentary that profiles a town standing together to combat anti-immigrant violence, followed by a discussion led by Carlos Decena, Assistant Professor of Latino and Hispanic Studies at Rutgers University

                                                                        All events are free and open to the public.

The Village of South Orange, Seton Hall University, the South Orange Performing Arts Center, and the South Orange Public Library have created opportunities and places for reflection and commemoration during the ten years that followed September 11, 2001, from the creation and dedication of the Christopher Faughnan Memorial and playground at New Waterlands Field to the library’s annual programming.  In 2004, the South Orange Public Library stayed open for 24 hours while conducting Business as Usual; other commemorations have focused on Stories: People helping people, Healing, Honoring Differences, and Preserving Memories.  Some of the library’s September 11 photos can be seen online

In a community, big ideas - freedom of information, the right to read, the foundations of democracy - matter;  in a community, small actions - savoring an idea, volunteering to help one person learn, stumbling into a serendipitous conversation - matter.  The South Orange Public Library and South Orange Village, in partnership with SOPAC and Seton Hall University created the 10 special community events throughout the Village in order to remember those things, large and small, that matter.

For further information, visit or, call 973-762-0230 or email

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


A Tale of Two Very Different Town Administrator Searches

Both Maplewood and South Orange are looking for new town administrators at the same time, a rare occurrence.

And their approaches couldn’t be any more different.

Maplewood, whose long-time administrator Joseph Manning is retiring May 31, launched its search last month the old-fashioned way: hiring a recruiting firm and letting them do the heavy lifting (or more appropriately the ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!


Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Teens Arrested for Theft from Auto

February 20, 2018

February 12 - Theft; A resident from Burroughs Way reported that sometime over the past day, a snow blower was stolen from an open garage.

February 17- Theft from Auto; At approximately 5:15 p.m., two males were observed going through vehicles on Hillcrest Rd.  Officers responded to the area and were able to locate two males fitting the description. The males, 18 year ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrested for Robbery in South Orange

Adult Arrest - Robbery - Shawn Ray Newsome, a 20 year old Newark resident and a 17 year old juvenile were arrested on Saturday, Feb. 3, at approximately 10:45 p.m. for robbery. Two male victims reported that as they were walking on South Orange Ave near the Newark border, they were approached by three actors (described as black males wearing dark clothing and black masks) who ...

Blood Drives in SOMA: Maplewood on Feb. 22 and South Orange on Feb. 26

February 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Due to winter storms and flu disrupting blood donations, the Red Cross is urging donors to donate and help maintain blood supply, according to a press release from the organization.

In January, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, ...

Maplewood Seniors Enjoy a Visit from Alfalfa the Alpaca on Valentine's Day

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you were at the Maplewood Senior Center on Wednesday - which happened to be Valentine's Day - you would have seen the somewhat unusual sight of an alpaca. Alfalfa the Alpaca to be precise.


The visit from Alfalfa was the first in the "creature comfort" series from the Maplewood Recreation Department.


Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

St. Andrew & Holy Communion Parish Hall, South Orange

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners

Food & Drink


Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Fri, February 23, 7:30 PM

Maplewood Middle School Auditorium, Maplewood

Maplewood Middle School Presents Rogers & ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Indictment Handed Down in Millburn Carjacking

February 21, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her. 

The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree ...

Illegal South Ward Rooming House Closed for Life-Threatening Conditions, 12 Relocated

Newark, NJ—An illegal rooming house in Newark's South Ward has been shuttered and 12 people relocated after Newark fire inspectors discovered life-threatening conditions inside the property on Friday.

Newark Fire Inspectors responded after citizen complaints to a one-family house at 46-48 Van Ness Place and found “deplorable conditions” inside the ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Police: 15-Year-Old Westfield Boy Arrested in Strong Arm Robbery, Car Theft

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 15-year-old Westfield boy has been charged in the assault and robbery of another teen and, separately, car theft, according to Westfield police.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was first arrested Jan. 9, along with a 16-year-old boy from Newark, when the two were caught by police Newark with a stolen Dodge Charger from ...

Tullamore Dew Whiskey Dinner at St. James's Gate in Maplewood on Feb. 27

February 21, 2018

Join Tullamore Dew and St. James's Gate for a 5 course whiskey dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

5 courses with 5 whiskies.

The menu is as follows:

Sea Urchin 2 ways
Scallop crudo in shell
Whiskey injected oysters
Squid ink gnocchi, head on prawn and kobe beef
Whiskey creme Anglaise filled chocolate dipped ricotta doughnut

Call 973-378-2222 to reserve your ...

SOMA Film Festival to Host World and US Premieres

For the first time in it's three year history, SOMA Film Festival will be offering films that will be seen for the first time ever in America, and the world. 

The first of the two world premieres is the profound Fatherhood, a documentary feature about young people from Memphis, LA, New York and London that speak the truth about their absent fathers and perform music videos of original ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...